\ˈtrip \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble

2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)

3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps

b : to walk with light quick steps

4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking

5 : to make a journey

6a : to actuate a mechanism

b : to become operative

7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out

b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up

b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up

2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up

3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm

4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free

5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering

b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering

6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly

trip the light fantastic

: dance



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey

b : a single round or tour on a business errand

2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)

b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip

3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip

4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling

5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing

6 : error, misstep

7 : a quick light step

8a : the action of tripping mechanically

b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence


He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage.


They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Stock Slide Trump’s latest move to ratchet up tariffs on Chinese goods raises the prospect that China could strike back by tripping up U.S. companies doing business in the Asian nation — and tech is especially vulnerable. Erik Wasson / Bloomberg, Time, "Senate Approves Symbolic Resolution in Attempt to Curb President Trump's Mounting Tariffs," 11 July 2018 The percentage of Florida youngsters deemed ready for kindergarten plummeted last year, thanks to a new test that tripped up many 5-year-olds. Leslie Postal,, "Ready for kindergarten? Florida's new test found many youngsters were not," 5 July 2018 Yet, there were things that tripped her up, such as how insurance payments work, how to get approval for treatments and where to go for scans and blood tests. Sofia Anjuman Ali, Washington Post, "When their mom fell ill far away, these immigrant siblings faced a crisis," 30 June 2018 The more exciting reason was the string of crazy results that tripped up some of soccer’s aristocrats and sent them tumbling into the more difficult half of the bracket as group runners-up. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "It’s Time for Some Heavyweight Knockouts in the World Cup," 28 June 2018 But in reality, because of the vote structure in the Senate, there is really nothing Senate Democrats can do, is there, to stop a nomination from going forward aside from tripping that person up in a hearing? Fox News, "Leonard Leo on replacement options for Justice Kennedy," 28 June 2018 Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo failed to navigate the third rail of GOP politics that has tripped up lawmakers like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the past. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Immigration bill brokered by Miami Republicans fails," 27 June 2018 The Coast Guard first reported the pipeline was the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, but a spokesperson confirmed June 4, 2018, the company does not own the pipeline that tripped up the boaters at the Southwest Pass. Mike Scott,, "Two men plucked from disabled boat near Southwest Pass," 2 June 2018 Read More Duke's Grayson Allen has plan to keep key question from NBA execs from tripping him up That’s not to parallel Porter’s back to the one that so changed Johnson’s impact. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "If this highly skilled player is there, Hornets face NBA draft gut check at No. 11 | Charlotte Observer," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The feature will focus on Dorothy's trip to Oz from her dog, Toto's, perspective. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Animated 'Oz' Movie in the Works from Warner Bros, 'Madagascar' Writer (Exclusive)," 12 July 2018 The low-income senior building in Auburn Gresham provides a necessary service, run by residents for residents: a communal trip to the grocery store. City Bureau, Chicago Reader, "These candid photos capture how seniors are growing communities—while growing older—on the south side," 12 July 2018 The season 2 finale's offering of a late-night trip to the Canadian border came courtesy of Rita (Amanda Brugel), the Waterford house Martha who has been cleaning up the messes of June’s insubordination from the beginning., "The Handmaid's Tale Still Has A White Female Privilege Problem," 11 July 2018 LiAngelo Ball was enrolled at UCLA for the 2017-18 season, but left school in December after being suspended following his arrest on shoplifting charges during the team's trip to China. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "LiAngelo Ball scored 53 points, LaMelo Ball has triple double for LA Ballers in JBA game," 13 July 2018 The two shared a clear bond over horses: the Queen took him on a ride through the Windsor Castle grounds, and Reagan later reciprocated with a trip to his ranch in Santa Barbara. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Look Back at All of Queen Elizabeth's Presidential Meetings," 13 July 2018 The Queen reciprocated the visit with a trip to Washington two years later. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Here's How Every Meeting Between the Queen and a U.S. President Went," 12 July 2018 Women had to work hard and march long to achieve suffrage, so what’s a small trip to Westchester County to celebrate their victory? Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 Dishwashers are hard at work, and otutside the kitchen door a stack of tablecloths about 6 feet high is awaiting a trip to the laundry room, just one of many loads on the night. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of trip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip


Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall

: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall

: to dance or walk with light, quick steps



English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place

: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose

: the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)


\ˈtrip \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble

2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.

3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.

4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch



Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe

2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist

3 : the action of releasing something mechanically

4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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